Plenty more fun to come at Sidmouth Science Festival

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 October 2017

Sidmouth Science Festival jet car racing

Sidmouth Science Festival jet car racing


Sidmouth Science Festival is now in full swing and there is still much more to come over the next few days.

Henry the young T-Rex at Sidmouth Science FestivalHenry the young T-Rex at Sidmouth Science Festival

Tomorrow is Super Science Saturday, when the festival takes over many of the available halls to present science in a fun, hands-on way from 11am until around 5pm.

Then on Sunday there will be a fun day at the Norman Lockyer Observatory, talks, activities, workshops, the ever popular rocket car races and a weather balloon launch.

Liz Bramley, one of the organisers, said: “We are really pleased as indications so far are that numbers are up on last year and that more people are visiting Sidmouth for the festival.

“Great fun was had last Sunday in the sunshine on the Prom and the Ham when festival partners gave a taste of events.

Sidmouth LifeboatSidmouth Lifeboat

“Unsurprisingly, the lifeboat team proved the best in the tractor pull, but our data 
showed that young boys and girls have the same strength.

The test your reaction competition was very popular among children – especially when competing against their parents.

“There was also an opportunity to taste seaweed with Sidmouth in Bloom, make floating rafts with SeaFest and go rock pooling with East Devon District Council’s countryside team.

The fungus foray was very popular on Monday and on Tuesday there was an excellent trip to Lyme Bay Winery at Shute, where participants learnt about the whole wine making process from the grape to the final product.

Lifeboat pull. Picture: Eve MatthewsLifeboat pull. Picture: Eve Matthews

“There have been various talks throughout the week which have mostly been well attended.

“Events have been taking place in local schools too with Iggy the dinosaur making a return visit to Sidmouth Primary; at Sidmouth College, students have been building rollercoasters.”

Super Science Saturday will be free and family friendly.

Events will include a drone race at Sidmouth Cricket Club, a Sidmouth Lifeboat demonstration and a bid to knit a rainbow. There will also be talks on why our brains love sugar, technology doping and a geology bonanza, as well as some interesting talks in Kennaway House.

WAM concert on Sat eve - Prof Brian Golding and Pierrette Thornet providing the music with Prof Paul Hardaker as narrator about weather. Picture: Eve MatthewsWAM concert on Sat eve - Prof Brian Golding and Pierrette Thornet providing the music with Prof Paul Hardaker as narrator about weather. Picture: Eve Matthews

The Sunday fun day, from 11am until 4pm, will boast storytelling sessions, planetarium shows, plus talks on the history of ballooning and the air above our heads.

Entry is £8 for adults and free for children.

For more details about what’s happening, visit www.sidmouth

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